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    January 23, 2014 | Filed under: Arts | Posted by: admin

    BY  SAM  SPOKONY    |    Halfway through thetitle track to his new album, “Hereafter,” SeanSullivan imagines himself in the afterlife, taking ascat solo in the presence of God.

    “Is that OK Lord?” Sullivan asks of the biblicalcreator, who is apparently playing bass in a bandled by Moses, which also features Jesus onsaxophone. Well, God seems to dig the solo,while of course reminding the vocalist that“music is the answer and love is gonna set youfree!”

    Aside from the existential implications ofpicturing this situation — God isn’t even playing amelody instrument? — it certainly illustrates thekind of free spirit and engaging sense of humorthat Sullivan brings to all of his work, alongsidehis strong-yet-nimble vocal presence.

    Tribeca  singer/songwriter’s  latest  marked  by  sheer  eclecticism

    At every turn, “Hereafter” is marked by the sheer eclecticism that the Southern-born, Tribeca-basedsinger/songwriter brings to the table in all aspects of his performance. Including the down-home-bluesy title track, the record features eight originals that move back and forth between the chilledout, ethereal vibes of “Don’t Get Me Started” and the backbeat stomp of “Ready,” as Sullivan’s jazzinfluences come through in his fluid phrasing, tonal precision and ability to push a big, swinging bandforward with every line.

    The album also shows off Sullivan’s strength as a thoroughly passionate interpreter of tunes, and,among its four covers, highlights include a beautifully embellished ballad version of Bob Marley’s“Waiting in Vain,” and a similarly rich and contemplative take on Stevie Wonder’s “Until You ComeBack To Me.”

    Overall, the album is a joyful romp that is by no means short on serious talent — and it’s clear that thesinger is having just as much fun as his listeners. It’s all made even better by inventive solos andinterplay by the 10 piece band backing Sullivan, as well as the efforts of renowned jazz producer MattPierson, whose experience has helped to shape the record’s full, balanced tone.

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